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Tribune file photo BOLD's Logan Sandgren is a 2013 All-Area First Team selection.

2013 Tribune All-Area Baseball Team

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The BOLD Warriors are fresh off their first state title and six of the players that got them there are on the 2013 Tribune All-Area Team, five of them first-teamers.

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One of BOLD’s selections, starting pitcher Logan Sandgren, is All-Area for the second straight year, and he’s joined by three other repeats: Morris/Chokio-Alberta’s Tanner Picht, and Lac qui Parle Valley’s Preston Kraft and Colby Siegert.

The state champs had three players OPS over 1.000, all first-teamers: Trevor Nissen, Tyler Rock and Tyler Seehusen.

The one-two punch of Sandgren and Riley Kramer atop the BOLD starting rotation are also on the first team.

Players who were strong as hitters and pitchers were also rewarded with Paynesville’s Nathan Meyer and Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Mason Clark earning first-team berths.

Rounding out the first team are MACCRAY’s Dylan Abraham, Dawson-Boyd’s Justin Lee, LQPV’s Ben Morken, and Morris/CA’s Jake Torgerson.

LQPV and Morris/CA had four selections in all, and MACCRAY and Minnewaska each had three.

The Eagles, who were state runner up in 2012, lost in the Section 3A tournament eventual section champ Windom.

First Team

Dylan Abraham

MACCRAY, junior cf

Abraham batted .435 and slugged .804 while smacking 3 home runs and 8 doubles. He was a two-year starter and All-Camden Conference for the Wolverines.

Mason Clark

BLHS, senior 3B/P

The four-year starter hit .500 and drove in 19 runs for the Mustangs. He was just as good on the mound, striking out more than a batter per inning and posting a 2.50 ERA. Clark was 2013 All-Tomahawk Conference.

Preston Kraft

LQPV, senior c

Kraft mashed 6 home runs and drove in 32 while hitting .477 and scoring 19 runs. He walked 15 times and only struck twice, earning the Camden Conference MVP.

Riley Kramer

BOLD, junior p/3b

If Sandgren was BOLD’s No. 1 starter, Kramer was No. 1A. He went 6-1 with a 1.85 ERA and beat defending Class A champion St. Agnes in the state semifinals to send the Warriors to the title game. He also saw time at third base, and hit .358 with 1 home run and 25 RBIs.

Justin Lee

Dawson-Boyd, senior c

Lee pounded the ball to the tune of a .433 average and a .733 slugging percentage. He hit 1 home run, drove in 9 runs and stole 5 bases.

Nathan Meyer

Paynesville, senior IF/P

Meyer did it all for the Bulldogs. He hit .521 and belted 4 home runs with 15 RBIs. He was just as good on the mound, going 5-2 with a 1.52 ERA and a five-inning no-hitter May 3. He was named the West Central South MVP.

Ben Morken

lqpv, senior p/RF

The ace pitcher for the Eagles, Morken was 6-1 with a 1.30 ERA. He struck out 58 batters in 43 innings and walked just 16. He hit .286 and was an All-Camden Conference selection.

Trevor Nissen

BOLD, junior 1b

In a lineup full of quality hitters, Nissen brought the most pop, batting .416 and slugging .688 with 2 homers and 22 RBIs. He also led the team with 32 hits and 29 runs scored while stealing 11 bases. 

Tyler Rock

BOLD, SENIOR of

Rock, who hit the game-winning triple to win the section and send BOLD to the state tournament, showcased excellent on-base skills with a .581 OBP and hit .415. He racked up 19 RBIs, 19 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.

Logan Sandgren

BOLD, junior p/of

The ace for the Warriors’ state champion team, Sandgren struck out 50 in 39 innings and put up a 1.03 ERA. He was 6-0, including two straight no-hitters in the postseason and a one-hitter in the title game. He hit .292 and slugged .514 with 2 homers and 23 RBIs.

Tyler Seehusen

BOLD, senior ss/p

Seehusen hit .338 with 2 homers and 17 RBIs at shortstop for BOLD. He pitched the third-most innings (21) and went 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA and 16 strikeouts.

Jacob Torgerson

morris/ca, senior p/ss

Torgerson was undefeated on the mound with a 6-0 record. He pitched 41.1 innings and struck out 45 with a 1.13 ERA. He was also a strong defender at shortstop and hit .312. He was an All-West Central Conference selection.

Honorable Mentions

Jake Amundson

Minnewaska, senior ss/p

Amundson hit .407 out of the leadoff spot, scoring 24 runs and stealing 13 bases. On the mound, he pitched 29 innings with a 2.66 ERA and 22 strikeouts.

Trent Athmann

bold, Sophomore c

An excellent defensive catcher, Athmann hit .297 with 18 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Tyler Donner

MACCRAY, senior 1b

Batting out of the 3-hole for MACCRAY, Donner hit .481 with 1 homer and a team-leading 22 RBIs. His 26 hits also led the team and he got on base at a .576 clip.

Chandler Erickson

morris/ca, senior c/p

Erickson hit .362 as the Tigers’ starting catcher and leadoff hitter. As a pitcher, he put up a 2.52 ERA in 17 innings.

Nate Gerdes

CMCS, senior ss/p

The senior shortstop hit .353 with a .468 on-base percentage and was a perfect 15-for-15 on stolen base attempts. He put up a 2.21 ERA on the mound with a 1-1 record and was All-Camden Conference.

Tyler Henrichs

Morris/ca, senior INF/OF

Henrichs led the Tigers with a .474 on-base percentage and hit .369 with 2 homers. The versatile defender made only two errors in two seasons. Henrichs, along with teammates Torgerson and Picht, will all attend M State-Fergus Falls to play baseball.

Brandon Hill

LQPV, sophomore ss/2b

Hill hit .344 and led the Eagles with a perfect 13-for-13 in stolen bases. He was second on the team with 15 RBIs.

Zach Kinny

litchfield, senior p

Kinny showcased great swing-and-miss stuff, striking out 55 batters in 40 innings and posted a 1.58 ERA. He was All-Wright County and the Tribune’s Hengstler-Ranweiler Award winner.

Dylan Koll

litchfield, senior p

Koll tossed 37 innings and put up a 0.94 ERA with 25 strikeouts to earn an All-Wright Conference selection. At the plate, he hit .279 with 12 RBIs.

James Kuefler

BBE, junior inf

Kuefler led the Jaguars with a .350 average and 6 doubles. He also drove in 12 runs and slugged .550.

Tony McCleary

willmar, junior of/1b

The Cardinals’ No. 3 hitter, McCleary hit .356 and led the team in hits, doubles, runs and stolen bases. He had a .958 fielding percentage and was named All-Central Lakes Conference.

“Tony followed up a good sophomore year with another good junior year,” Willmar coach Mark Stier said. “He is a contact hitter who can put a ball in the gap.”

Caleb Melin

MACCRAY, junior ss/p

Melin hit .453 and stole 21 bases out of the leadoff spot for MACCRAY. He was also a solid defensive shortstop, making just 4 errors all season.

Sam Ohden

CMCS, senior p/c

Ohden hit .351 and got on base at a .521 clip for the Bluejays. An excellent defensive catcher, he threw out 14 of 24 base stealers. As a pitcher, Ohden went 3-1 with a 2.11 ERA to earn an All-Camden Conference berth.

Austin Ostrander

Minnewaska, junior 2b/ss

The Lakers’ cleanup hitter, Ostrander batted .413 with 16 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He hit .688 and slugged .875 during Lakers’ playoff run.

Tanner Picht

Morris/ca, senior of/c

The West Central North Conference MVP, Picht hit .414 and drove in 27 runs while leading the team with 3 home runs. Picht is one of four repeat All-Area selections.

Matt Schmitz

BBE, senior SS/P

Schmitz batted a deceptively low .265 but had outstanding power numbers with 2 home runs and a .531 slugging percentage. He also pitched 14.1 innings with a 1.95 ERA, earned 4 saves and was a 2013 All-Central Minnesota Conference selection.

Colby Siegert

LQPV, senior util/p

A repeat All-Area selection, Siegert played every position for the Eagles during his career. He hit .327 and posted a .581 on-base percentage, scoring 27 runs and driving in 14. He pitched 24.2 innings and was 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA.

Riley Thompson

Minnewaska, sophomore p/1b

Thompson emerged as the Lakers’ ace, putting up a 2.09 ERA in 47 innings with 33 strikeouts. In five section playoff games he was even better, with a 1.40 ERA in 20 innings.

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Ben Brewster

Ben Brewster covers the Willmar Stingers and other area sports, as well as laying out the daily sports section cover for the West Central Tribune. Follow him on Twitter @benbrewster.

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